herb homework

Herb assignment:

Choose a medicinal herb (for our purposes, any plant used medicinally) to learn more about.This would be some portion of a plant that is purported to better the health of the human body.Write a 2-4 page double spaced paper that answers the following:

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  • What is the history of the medicinal use of the herb?
    • Has the plant been used by native or aboriginal peoples?
    • Has it been used for pre-modern medicine (1600-1900)?
  • Has there been any scientific research on the claims of the herb?
    • Find actual scientific studies from journal articles
      • NOT reports on websites
    • Minimally you should have two scientific studies
      • Can either support or not support its use
  • What are the potential dangers of the herb?
    • Dangerous side-effects?
    • Lack of efficacy?
    • Interactions with other drugs?
  • Knowing what you do after this research, would you yourself take this herb if your health warranted it?
  • Use the search technique you used last semester and try to find actual scientific sources (journal articles, scientific books or, very sparingly, scientific web sites).
    • Avoid Wikipedia and other Encyclopedias, as well as sites that sell herbal products!
    • Cite in Author-date CSE style